- Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Loyola University, New Orleans
- Master of Science and Ph.D. in Emergency Management from North Dakota State University
- Dr. Samantha Montano is currently an assistant professor of Emergency Management at the Academy. Montano does research on a variety of topics related to emergency management including disaster volunteerism, the role of the nonprofit sector in disaster, the relationship between emergency management and climate change, and the intersection of gender and disasters. In addition to research, she does science communication work and emergency management policy advocacy.
- Current courses: Introduction to Emergency Management and Consequence Management
- Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Oregon
- Master of Science in Justice Studies/Public Administration/ Emergency Management
- Kari Parcell as worked for Mass Department of Environmental Protection and Barnstable County's Cape Cod Cooperative Extension as the Solid Waste and Recycling Expert for the past 4 years. In October of 2020, she received an award from the State of Massachusetts in "Outstanding Achievement or Contribution to Recycling". Kari sits on the Board of Environmental Technology at Upper Cape High School and is a second year adjunct professor at the Academy teaching EM-2772, Strategies in Solid Waste Management.
- Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bridgewater State University
- Master of Arts in Political Science from University of Massachusetts, Amherst
- Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Connecticut
- Dr. Valla joined Massachusetts Maritime Academy's Emergency Management Department in 2016 after completing a career with the FBI as an intelligence analyst. During his tenure with the FBI, Dr. Valla provided intelligence analysis on most of the major terrorism investigations conducted by the FBI's Boston Field Office which included the 9/11 attacks and the Boston Marathon Bombing. Dr. Valla also served as a military intelligence officer with the U.S. Army Reserve and retired as a Major in 2004. His final assignment before retiring was as an instructor at the Joint Military Intelligence College - now the National Intelligence University. While there, he taught graduate courses in intelligence analysis, terrorism, and analytic methodology, as well as other national security topics.
- When not teaching, Dr. Valla enjoys running, hiking, working out, white-water rafting, and foreign language study. He is an avid science fiction fan. A lifelong resident of Massachusetts, he grew up in Kingston and now resides in Taunton.